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Pa. school kicks off health-smart program

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STONEBORO, Pa. - Inside Oakview Elementary School, students move and groove thanks to a new program the launched this week called "Fuel up to Play 60."

The National Football League and National Dairy Council, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, created the initiative to get kids eating healthier and moving 60 minutes each day.

"This whole month, they asked 'When are we starting? When is our kickoff week?'" says Crystal Drew, the Oakview Elementary physical education teacher. "They have been so excited and so thrilled to start this. That really helps us to educate them about physical activity and the benefits when they are excited like this."

Drew brought the idea to the school's administration and, without hesitation, they decided to launch the program.

As part of kick-off week, guest speakers have visited with students during lunch to explain the importance of making healthy decisions.

Oakview student Ryleigh Booher enjoys participating in the program.

"On a scale from one to 10, it would be 10," she says.

The lessons won't end at the close of the week. Moving forward, students will have two-to-three-minute activity breaks throughout the day to get their blood pumping, more nutritious food options in the cafeteria, and lessons on ways to establish healthy habits.

"I think just instilling those values in young students and young minds is something that needs to be done on an ongoing basis," says Oakview Elementary principal Jen Johnson.

According to the National Dairy Council, more than 70,000 schools are enrolled in the program.

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